cauda equina


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cauda equina

[′kau̇d·ə i′kwīn·ə]
(neuroscience)
The roots of the sacral and coccygeal nerves, collectively; so called because of their resemblance to a horse's tail.
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Extraneural metastases in ependymoma of the cauda equina. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.
COMMENT Suspicion of cauda equina demands prompt imaging and neurologic consultation.
For cauda equina and multifocal/progressive deficit patients, MR offers a superior evaluation of the cauda equina in comparison to conventional CT (Figures 3 and 9).
Compression of the cauda equina due to a stenotic spinal canal often results in polyradicular insults.
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Ruth Earley, 36, woke up paralysed in April 2018 and was diagnosed with Acute Cauda Equina where the bundle of nerves below the end of the spine is damaged.
Lynda is especially grateful after experiencing her mother-in-law's help and care at first hand during the past two years, after she was suddenly affected by cauda equina syndrome - a rare condition which sees the nerves in the lower back become severely compressed, requiring an emergency operation.
The medical professionals thought this could be cauda equina syndrome, a condition which occurs when the bundle of nerves below the end of the spinal cord is damaged.
Contrast-enhanced lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed pathologic contrast enhancement in the leptomeninges, conus medullaris, and cauda equina (Figure 1A, 1B, 1C) and there were 450 lymphocytes/[mm.sup.3] in the lumbar puncture (LP) examination of the patient.
There is also an abrupt wedge-shaped terminus of the cord, which lies opposite T12 and an abnormal course of the cauda equina with separation of the anterior and posterior nerve roots, forming the "double bundle shape." The dural sac is abnormally highly placed, ending at L5.